ICO adds two projects to Sandbox service in bid to bolster children’s online privacy

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has added two projects to its Sandbox service with the aim of improving children’s online privacy. “Protecting children’s privacy online is a high priority for the ICO,” said director of regulatory assurance Ian Hulme. “Ultimately the regulatory Sandbox aims to support innovators to improve confidence amongst children, young people […]

Fertility app Flo settles misuse of health data case with FTC

Period and fertility-tracking app developer Flo Health has reached an agreement with the United States’ Federal Trade Commission over  allegations the company shared users’ health information with outside data analytics providers despite promising it would be kept private. Requirements of the proposed settlement include Flo Health obtaining an independent review of its privacy practices and […]

MIDDLE EAST FOCUS: Dubai International Finance Centre’s 2020 Data Protection Law

While the world coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai International Finance Centre managed to issue a new data protection law. PrivSec Report takes a closer look at the legislation and its significance in the region Evolving privacy laws are a global story, and among this year’s additions to the updated privacy regime pile is Dubai […]

WhatsApp delays privacy policy changes following Facebook data-sharing concern

WhatsApp has announced a three-month delay to changes to its privacy policy following concerns over mandatory data-sharing with parent company Facebook. The messaging platform had previously announced that from 8 February users would need to agree to some of their data being shared with Facebook if they wish to continue using the service. This included […]

UK online harms proposals – follow my lead?   

The UK Government finally published its much-delayed response to the Online Harms White Paper just before Christmas. It received little attention due to COVID-19 and Brexit. Julian Hayes and Michael Drury analyse the far-reaching impact of the proposals. Obscured by rising Coronavirus statistics and tail-end Brexit negotiations, the Government’s proposals for stamping out online harms, […]

4,000 files feared stolen in cyber attack on Scottish regulator

An environmental regulator in Scotland has confirmed that at least 4,000 files have been accessed and likely stolen by criminals in an ongoing cyberattack on its systems. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said 1.2GB of data was stolen, including information not publicly available.  SEPA also said this week that it believed the attack, which […]

PrivSec Job Focus: Paul Lanois, Director, Fieldfisher

In our latest reader-submitted Q&A, Paul Lanois talks about the ever-evolving nature of privacy What is your full job title? My full job title is Director, Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy, at Fieldfisher (a European law firm) in their Silicon Valley (USA) office. Which industry do you work in? My practice covers information governance, data protection, privacy, cybersecurity […]

German retailer vows to fight €10.4million GDPR fine for video-monitoring employees

An online electronics retailer fined for GDPR breaches over its use of video cameras in the workplace has branded its $10.4m fine “unlawful” and vowed to fight it. Notebooksbilliger.de AG (NBB) was issued with the fine last month by the State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) Lower Saxony. LfD said the company had video-monitored its […]